NASA image acquired April 25, 2010 An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAÃ¢Â€Â™s Aqua satellite. The initial explosion killed eleven people and injured several others, and a fire burned at the location for more than a day until the damaged oil rig sank. An emergency response effort is underway to stop the flow of oil and contain the existing slick before it reaches wildlife refuges and beaches in Louisiana and Mississippi. The slick may contain dispersant or other chemicals that emergency responders are using to control the spread of the oil, and it is unknown how much of the 700,000 gallons of fuel that were on the oil rig burned in the fire and how much may have spilled into the water when the platform sank. On April 25, 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationÃ¢Â€Â™s Emergency Response Division issued the following update on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico: Ã¢Â€ÂœAn attempt to control the leaking well using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was not successful, and the well continues to leak.Ã¢Â€Â Twice-daily images of the Gulf Coast are available from the MODIS Rapid Response Team in additional resolutions and formats, including a georeferenced file that can be used with Google Earth. NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey. Instrument: Aqua - MODIS To download the original high res file or learn more go to: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=43768 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.